Siegfried Coleman is a proud 2014 graduate of the Southern University Law Center. Like many HBCU students, he survived late nights and tough assignments while balancing a full-time job and life as a husband and father.
One of the nation's richest and most influential companies with political leanings that weigh heavily against the mission and the culture of historically Black colleges and universities, is one of the largest benefactors to our most vulnerable institutions.
Some will say that Whitaker's take on HBCU hazing will come from a place of education; from a desire to see young African-American scholars do better in their efforts to build brotherhood and networking through pledging. But education and nurturing have nothing to do with it.
Education is the last and most precious commodity in the ongoing pursuit of social justice, and African-Americans should consider more seriously the notion of access to better facilities, racial diversity and larger classes being false signs of opportunity and equality.
It is beyond disingenuous for Priebus, Cain or others to court HBCU students for a party with members who systemically attack HBCUs through cutting state appropriations and dismantling HBCU appeal and effectiveness.
Did those appointments signal the end of an era of segregation and discrimination, or were they simply an omen of the massive resistance state officials and Chancellor Kirwan intend to mount against efforts to bring the Maryland higher education system into compliance with the law?
Given their mission, there is a rough road ahead for HBCUs in trying to reconcile low graduation rates, high loan default percentages, and low entry-level salaries for those who graduate against the rising definitions of value in higher education.
'My Brother's Keeper' is the ideal introduction between America and its ever-expanding race problem, and it strikes in the places most necessary to evoke generational change; the minds and hearts of boys and young men.
And as the nation scrambles to match the intellectual capacity of nations in the Middle and Far East for economic and national security interests, the tenor of the nation's conversation towards HBCUs has changed.